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French art timeline
c. 31,000 years ago
Rhinoceroses, lions and mammoth feature on the walls of the Chauvet cave, in southern France
Rhinoceros in the Chauvet cave
The script known as Carolingian minuscule (basis of the modern roman typeface) is developed by Alcuin and his scribes at the monastery of Tours
Work begins in Rheims on the Utrecht Psalter, an outstanding example of the Carolingian illuminated manuscript
Halley's comet, appearing in the Normans'
, is later depicted in the Bayeux tapestry
Work begins on the story of the Norman conquest, narrated in embroidery in the Bayeux tapestry
The biblical kings and queens in the west porch of Chartres cathedral are a striking early example of Gothic sculpture
Chartres Cathedral, figures round north door
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